DIGITAL TV IN EIGHT TOWNS AS OF 2006
Operators of digital broadcasting of a TV signal will be licensed in eight Bulgarian towns by the year-end, a strategy approved by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) projects. Under the strategy, the Commission for Regulation of Telecommunications (CRT) will hold and close procedures in Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas, Rousse, Stara Zagora, Gabrovo, Dobrich, and Sliven. In Sofia the BTC has already won a tender for a digital operator, but as the BANKER weekly has already written, the telecom would not be ready to start the platform with at least by end-September. The international telecom legislation projects that all consumers in Europe should pass over to digital receivers by the year 2012. According to experts, the investment in the construction of a digital multiplex in Bulgaria amounts to some EUR50MN. In the same time, however, maintaining such a system is about three-fold cheaper than that of the currently operating analogue ones. The EU projects subsidies for companies which have won competitions or tenders for licensing digital operators, explained Dr Emil Vladkov, author of the MTT-approved strategy. The strategy projects to divide Bulgaria into 21 regions with same frequencies. One digital frequency will broadcast up to five programmes. Bulgaria has adopted the so-called mixed attitude, under which the digital and analogue methods of transmitting programmes will be existing concurrently till 2012.